It is always a little tricky to write a column that you know won’t be published for a couple of days. That’s been particularly true this year, given the pace at which things have changed even within a 48-hour period. But this column, in particular, submitted the day before Election Day and scheduled to be published the day after Election Day, required some deeper pondering than most.
In the end, though, I think that what needs to be said in our common life will remain true no matter who is elected on Tuesday, Nov. 3. Indeed, by the time you read this column, it is very likely we still won’t know who the winner of the election is. I hope that is not the case; I hope the election is decisive and the candidate who loses concedes gracefully. But we all know that a very different set of events could play out.